Barge crashes into Brooks Bridge (slideshow)

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 05:28 PM.

"We don't know how bad the leaks are in the pipes," Littrell said. "We have a 16-inch water main that runs across the bridge. That is the water supply to Okaloosa Island."

Littrell said he is monitoring the water levels in the island's three water tanks and the system has not lost pressure.

"We've got 900,000 gallons of storage we can rely on. … We may need to close valves on the other side of the bridge," Littrell said, adding that he's sent workers through Niceville to reach Okaloosa Island because Brooks Bridge is closed.

All Okaloosa County School buses were across the bridge before the barge struck, according to Okaloosa County Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson.

Transportation officials are currently working on different routes for tomorrow morning, so delays are possible, she said.

Students in the county only have one more day of school before they go on spring break, so Jackson hopes they can keep inconvenience at a minimum for families.

"We'll just take it one day at a time," she said. "We'll have time over spring break to really figure it out."

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